A couple who had been together for nearly 65 years died the same day in a nursing home in the St. Louis, Missouri area.
Jack and Harriet Morrison’s beds were placed side by side in their final hours, allowing them to hold hands. Eighty-six-year-old Jack died first. Harriett, who was 83, died a little later the same day.
They met when Harriett accompanied his father on a journey with a band of musicians with which he played drums and the bugle. Jack was behind the wheel of a charter bus in which the group was transported to some of their concerts. Moolah Shriners, a fraternal order dedicated to philanthropy, were active, and they traveled the world side by side, often on trips related to the Shrine, including Europe and Australia.
Wagener said she convinced him to move into a villa in Woodlands in May. In September, he also fell, breaking his neck. He then moved into the nursing home, four doors down the aisle of his wife. Even then, they took a nap together, one in a wheelchair and the other in bed, with their hands clasped. Some days she recognized him; other days he didn’t,» Wagener said.
Wagener remarked that on Christmas Eve he told Jack that Harriet had stopped eating and drinking. Grandpa barely ate or drank anything after that. Around 11 p.m. on January 10, he received a call from a nurse saying Harriet appeared to be near death.
The nurse asked if the staff could remove the furniture from Jack’s room so the couple could be together. Wagener said there was nothing she wanted more. They both died the next day with their hands clasped.